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This page contains reports and photographs of 2004 events, please use the links on the left to see the recent and forthcoming events for the current year.  Photos shown here are thumbnails, click on an image to see a larger photograph.

Digital Projector and Laptop Computer

Photo by John Hall

Thursday 21st April 2005 marked a milestone in our clubs history as it was the first occasion we (Ruth to be precise) used our new digital projector and laptop computer. We were all very impressed by the new technology which will no doubt become the norm in years to come.


Christmas Social 2004
Thursday 16th December

The Christmas Social is always a special evening in our calendar, and this year was one of the best. The entertainment was a game, "Tonight Ruth, .....I want to be .....A Judge". Six brave members "volunteered" to be judges, and the rest of us judged the judges. Each judge was given six prints to comment on and choose a winner, and the audience marked each judge on their performance in categories such as presentation, photographic knowledge, entertainment, how much we agreed with their comments and their choice of winning print.

The Judges were, Sara, Marshall, Julie, Peter, Hannah and Vic. With the exception of Vic, I believe none of them had judged before, and they all did extremely well - not only were they competent at judging, but their presentation was extremely entertaining and often hilarious. There was plenty of feedback and even heckling from the audience which added to the fun.

While all the points were added up we tucked in to the sumptuous buffet, and there was mulled wine, tea, coffee, and drinks from the bar to wash it all down.

When all the points had been added up and verified, the winning Judge by a narrow margin was Vic, so well done Vic, and many thanks and congratulations to all the Judges for their contribution to a wonderful evening. I must especially congratulate Sara, whose stitching skills are usually used on hats and materials, but on this occasion it was us who were all in stitches with her brilliant "judging" presentation - well done Sara.  A special mention and thanks must go to Ruth who not only came up with the idea, but organised the judging game.  Also thanks to Dorothy, Tricia, and all who brought and helped with food and drinks. Lastly, and by no means least, thanks to all who attended for helping to create that special atmosphere which made the evening so enjoyable.

Below are photographs of the "Judges". Click on each thumbnail to see a larger picture.




Photos by John Hall and Gordon Corrin

25th Anniversary Exhibition

Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th September 2004

25 years of the Western Photographic Society were celebrated on the evening of Thursday 23rd September at the Centenary Centre by the opening of a special exhibition of approximately 250 photographs from past and present members.  Chairman Tricia Craig welcomed the large gathering of members and guests, and introduced our President and Founder Member Jim Gorry who talked briefly about the history of the club and officially opened the exhibition by cutting a celebration cake.  Everyone present then enjoyed a drink and finger buffet while viewing the photographs and a friendly social evening was enjoyed by all.  It was generally agreed the exhibition was the best (and certainly the largest) ever put on by the club, the quality of the photographs was stunning with a lot of local interest and a wide variety of subjects with something to please everybody.


The above photographs are of the opening on Thursday evening, below are some of the photographs on display.  Click on each thumbnail to see a larger image.


We were very pleased to see a constant flow of people during the public opening times on Friday and Saturday afternoons, and to hear the many favourable remarks as the photographs were viewed.

A huge thank you to the many members who helped organise the exhibition, their hard work made the event a great success and something we all enjoyed very much and will remember for a long time.  Also, thank you to all the past and present members who loaned their photographs for display - this is what really made the event so impressive and successful.  Finally thank you to the Centenary Centre for providing us with the venue for our exhibition, the Centre is a wonderful asset to Peel and all those involved are to be congratulated for creating a superb facility.


Energy From Waste Plant (Incinerator) Visit

Wednesday 22nd September 2004

The interest in this outing was high with about 25 people attending.  We were welcomed by the manager Mr Jeffrey Robinson who gave an illustrated talk on the various processes in the facility.   Then we split into two groups for a guided tour of the plant.  The talk and tour were very interesting and informative, we were all very impressed by this state of the art facility, and enjoyed our visit very much.  Our thanks and appreciation go to Mr Robinson and his staff.



The above pictures show most of us on the tour and Vic having a peek at the furnace.  My apologies for the poor quality - the conditions were a bit much for my digital compact to handle (that's my excuse anyway!).  Hopefully there will be some  photographs from other members here soon - if anyone has a photo or two, please email them to me.

     These two photos are from John Hall.

After the visit most of us enjoyed a meal at the Horse and Plough (photo from Ruth Nicholls) - this rounded the evening off very nicely.  Many thanks to Ruth and John for organising a superb outing.


Steam Railway Outing Sunday 22nd August 2004


Click a thumbnail to see a larger image, the group photo (left) was taken at Castletown Railway Station.  Photographs above courtesy of John Hall.


This photo is by Dorothy Flint - taken at Castletown Station.  Trevor, Bob and Vic look as if they're up to no good!

We assembled at Port Erin Railway Station, travelled by train to Castletown where we had a couple of hours or so to explore at our leisure.  Chris Nicholls had devised an excellent treasure hunt around the town centre for those who wished to take part.  We had intended returning to Port Erin by train, but due to a breakdown we had to take the bus.  The day ended with a meal at the Bay Hotel in Port Erin.

The outing was a great success and enjoyed by all, the weather forecast was very poor, but it stayed dry until we were tucking into our meal and by then it didn't matter.  Thanks to organisers Tricia and John, and to Chris for the treasure hunt and prizes.


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